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Can CBD oil cause panic attacks?

Since the introduction of CBD oil as a product for medicinal use, there has been a lot of discussion around its uses as a treatment for anxiety. For many people, the calming effects of CBD as a specific active ingredient help them to live their lives without the difficulties that come with anxiety. In this blog post we’ll be discussing the effects of CBD oil on those who experience panic attacks, and whether or not ingesting CBD oil can actually extrapolate anxiety in others.

There are different active ingredients within cannabis – the ingredient CBD is well known for its effects as a cannabinoid that does not cause anxiety. This is opposed to THC, which is the active ingredient in cannabis that can have serious adverse effects for some people who have a physical and psychological anxious reaction.

CBD, however, can actually work to counteract the psychoactive effects of THC itself, as well as for those who suffer from anxiety as a condition unrelated to cannabis. Research relating to this is still in its infancy, but there are some reputable studies that have shown the measurable positive effects. The following study by Soares and Campos indicates the anxiolytic-like effect of CBD in both humans and animals, further reinforcing the evidence that indicates CBD to be the ‘calming’ ingredient in cannabis:

It is important to note that in some rare cases, CBD oil can trigger cannabis-caused anxiety, and as a result can lead to panic attacks. Symptoms could be headaches and feelings of dizziness, as well as shortness of breath. This can be a very frightening experience, especially for those who have chosen to ingest CBD oil in efforts to reduce such symptoms. There are also some instances where traces of THC may still be found in CBD oil. For this reason, it is important for those purchasing CBD oil to check they have purchased from a reputable source with a high-quality product.

More generally though, CBD oil does not cause panic attacks, and it is important to think of CBD and THC as separate entities. This could otherwise lead to common misconceptions that paint CBD oils with the same brush as normal cannabis usage. As well as the lack of anxiety, this removal of the psychoactive elements also means that users cannot get the ‘high’ that comes with ingesting cannabis. It may well be worth those who suffer from panic attacks and anxiety to research this themselves and decide whether or not CBD oil may be able to assist them with the symptoms that they experience on a daily basis.